Latest Rail News

Work on a $2.8-million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday, March 15-19 between the San Mateo and Redwood City stations.

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The federal Surface Transportation Board today will hold a public hearing this spring in Maine on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway's application to abandon 233 miles of rail line in ...

An international expert on transit systems provided the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Board of Directors with a verbal assessment of the transit agency so that the Board could use that analysis during the transition to an interim and then permanent general manager.





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The U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Miss., remained in "fair-to-good" condition in 2009 - so says an early version of the 80-year-old structure's annual inspection report, according to the Vicksburg Post. Prepared by Baton Rouge-based G.E.C., the report comes to the same conclusion as the previous two assessments.

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Four alternatives for state-sponsored passenger rail service between Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Fort Worth are detailed in a study released today by Amtrak and the Kansas Department of Transportation.  Start-up costs of the alternatives, which are in 2009 dollars and based on 100 percent on-time performance, range from $156 million to $479 million and the annual operating support range from $3.2 million to $8 million. Annual ridership estimates of the four alternatives range from 65,900 to 174,000.

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Track maintenance on Washington, D.C., Metro's Red and Blue lines March 12-14 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.

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The city of Virginia Beach, Va., proposed $40-million deal to buy an old rail corridor for a possible light rail project could cost more because a federal agency is asking questions about the land's value, The Virginian-Pilot
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The Association of American Railroads said that 2009 was the safest year in freight railroad history, with preliminary year-end data indicating the train accident rate, employee casualty rate and grade crossing incident rates were all at record low levels last year.

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Global Partners LP will carry out a multi-million-dollar expansion and tank refurbishment project that will add 180,000 barrels of ethanol storage capacity and rail access at the its refined petroleum products terminal in Albany, N.Y. Developed jointly with Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, the project, expected to be operational in 2010, includes modifications that will enable the Albany terminal to schedule the delivery of 80-car trains of ethanol. Global Partners will connect the terminal to CP's adjacent Kenwood Yard rail facility via pipeline. The terminal and rail facility are strategically located along the Hudson River, providing access to the global Partners' terminal network in the Northeast.

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BART crews are installing two new crossover tracks between Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek stations. This work requires that the agency close the tracks between these two stations on two weekends: March 26-28 and May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend). To accommodate customers, BART will provide a free bus bridge service between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill (in both directions) during both weekends. BART suggests that customers allow up to 20 additional minutes for the bus detour.


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